|Module title||Justice in Plato's Republic|
|Module lecturer||dr. Pablo Irizar|
|Faculty||Faculty of Polish and Classical Philology|
Module aim (aims)
· To engage with the questions: ‘What is justice?’ and ‘What is the just life?’
· Become familiar with the structure and content of The Republic and its place in Plato’s corpus
· Identify, articulate and discuss the central philosophical questions raised by Plato
· Carefully read central passages of the work
· Appreciate various interpretations and the reception of Plato in later thinkers
· The final exam consists in an exercise of synthesis – using the Platonic framework of analysis in Republic, students will offer an analysis and critique of the varied manifestations of (in)justice in societies today.
Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)
· No prior knowledge is required
· This course will prove of interest to anyone interested in learning about The Republic by Plato, a towering figure and a milestone work of Western thought
· You are strongly encourage to read the material before the classes to ensure you fully engage with the material
Syllabus: The Republic by Plato
Week 1 Introduction to the Works of Plato and the Problem of Justice
Week 2 Book I: What is Justice?
Week 3 Book II: Justice, Punishment and Happiness (1)
Week 4 Book II: Justice, Punishment and Happiness (2)
Week 5 Book III: Socrates on Education
Week 6 Book IV: Justice and Society
Week 7 Book IV: Virtue and the Tripartite Soul
Week 8 Book V: The Philosopher King
Week 9 Book VI: The Ideal City as the Ship of State
Week 10 Book VII: Allegory of the Cave & the Universals
Week 11 Book VIII: The Unjust Rule: Timocracy, Oligarchy, Democracy and Tyranny
Week 12 Book IX: Society as the Mirror of the Soul and the Genesis of Corruption
Week 13 Book X: The Threat of Poets
Week 14 Reception of Republic (I)
Week 15 Reception of Republic (II)
Week 16 Final Exam: (In)justice in Today’s Society’s – What would Plato say?
1. Plato, Giovanni RF Ferrari, Tom Griffith, and Plato. The republic. Naxos, 2001.
2. Ferrari, Giovanni RF, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Plato's Republic. Cambridge University Press, 2007.
3. Rosen, Stanley. Plato's Republic: A Study. Yale University Press, 2008.